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  • Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology*

    A graduate degree aimed to help you answer your calling

    We offer this degree for one reason: to help you become a highly qualified speech-language pathologist with the skills, compassion and motivation to make a difference in your community, wherever you choose to live. We do that through faith-based academic coursework and clinical placements designed to help you reach your career goals, while emphasizing life-long learning, high moral and ethical competencies. When you graduate, you will be prepared to impact people’s lives in truly meaningful ways.


    Our clinical program is distinct. You’ll have off-campus placements throughout your time in the program, as well as some on-campus clinical experiences with other professionals. More and more, health care is delivered by teams of professionals from the various specialties. We’ve structured our program around this type of inter-disciplinary collaboration so that your experience is broadened to include other professionals that you may work with during your career.

    Admission Requirements+

    To be considered for the Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology program, you’ll need to meet the following criteria:

    • Undergraduate degree in CSD/SLP OR related area (education, health sciences, psychology, family sciences, etc.)
    • Pre-requisite undergraduate courses (ASHA CCC eligibility requirement):
      • Biological science (4 credit hours)
      • Physical science (must be chemistry or physics) (4 credit hours)
      • Statistics (math, psychology, health sciences) (3 credit hours)
      • Social/Behavioral Science (sociology, psychology, anthropology) (3 credit hours)
    • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Minimum GPA of 3.25 on the last 60 hours of coursework
    • GRE –Minimum score of 300
      • Quantitative = 160
      • Analytical = 140
      • The Miller Analogy Test (MAT) is not accepted
    • Three letters of reference submitted electronically. The three required recommendations should be from 1) current or previous professor, 2) work supervisor and 3) professional colleague.
    • Video submission no greater than 5 minutes. Students will be sent a list of questions in preparation for the video submission.
    • Undergraduate CSD or major area – no grade in a “major” area less than C
    • International applicants or American citizens who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 80 (Internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). International applicants must also obtain a score of 27 or better on the iBT speaking subtest of the TOEFL or a 50 or better on the Test of Spoken English. For more information, please visit www.toefl.org.
    Exceptions to any admission requirements will be handled on an individual basis.

    Plan of Study+


    As students graduate from our program, outcome data will be published regarding:

    • Graduation/Completion Rate
    • PRAXIS Examination Results
    • Employment Rate

    Clinical Practicum Experiences+

    Students participate in a variety of experiences that help prepare them for careers in speech language pathology. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders maintains relationships with numerous clinical agencies in the Birmingham area.

    *Students will not be admitted into the Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology program until Candidacy status is awarded by CAA.

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  • Have Questions?
    Get in Touch:

    Dr. Marian Carter
    Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services